Southern Great Lake

Country/territory: Bahamas

IBA Criteria met: A2, A4i, B4i (2007)
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Area: 1,530 ha

Bahamas National Trust
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed low
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Site description
San Salvador is a small island only 5 miles by 12 miles with a population of less than 1,000 persons. It contains a high proportion of wetlands.

Key biodiversity
The Great Lake occupies a considerable proportion of the inland of this island, accessable from only a few places. Here can be found Double-crested Cormorants, egrets and herons. West Indian Woodpeckers present on San Salvador.

Non-bird biodiversity: The Endangered San Salvador Rock Iguana is the smallest West Indian Rock Iguana and it is believed that there are only approximately 500 individuals survivors. They can be found on nearby remote cays and in the interior lake areas.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Great Lake. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.